Incommunities is committed to ensuring our residents and staff are kept safe from harm. We know that abuse, harm and neglect can take a number of different forms and happen to anyone, by anyone.
Our Safeguarding Policy is available here. The policy outlines how we will:
- Recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns
- Respond appropriately to disclosures and allegations
- Understand and implement safe practices
What is abuse?
There are lots of different types of abuse including:
Physical abuse – someone being hit, slapped or kicked, being locked in a room or restrained inappropriately.
Sexual abuse – someone being made to take part in sexual activity when they haven’t given consent, or are not able to give consent.
Emotional or psychological abuse – someone being shouted at, bullied, being made to feel frightened or pressurised into decisions.
Financial abuse – stealing, fraud, withholding/misusing someone’s money or possessions or pressuring someone on how they spend their money.
Neglect and Acts of Omission – not giving someone the care that they need.
Modern slavery – the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain and can include human trafficking and forced labour. A person subject to modern slavery may have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.
Discriminatory abuse – poor treatment or harassment because of someone’s age, gender, sexuality, disability, race or religious belief.
Self neglect – covers a wide range of behaviour, such as neglecting to care for one’s personal hygiene, health or surroundings (including hoarding). Self neglect can also involve a person not eating or refusing help for their health or care needs which has a significant effect on their wellbeing.
Domestic abuse – controlling, or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse by a current or former partner or family member, regardless of gender or sexuality. Domestic abuse can include psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
Contact us confidentially on 07810 057 505 or 07837 999 228 or 07760 172 823 Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. Outside of our office hours, please contact Bradford Council’s Housing Options Service on 01274 381999.
What happens when abuse is reported to Incommunities?
- To raise a safeguarding concern to Incommunities please contact 01274 257777
- We always respond promptly and sensitively when made aware of suspected abuse.
- When a safeguarding concern is made to Incommunities, an Alerting Manager will make enquires and contact the relevant agencies.
- Your report will usually be treated confidentially, but information may need to be shared if you or others are at significant risk. Please be assured that any information shared will be in line with the law, and only what is necessary to prevent harm.
- If you are worried about your own safety, or you think someone you know is being abused, please get in touch with us or your relevant local authority. Help is available and you will be supported.
Incommunities operates in a number of different areas, including Bradford, Kirklees, Sheffield and Rotherham, so we work in partnership with a variety of local authorities, adult and child safeguarding boards, organisations and services. We work collaboratively to safeguard residents, respond to allegations or suspicions of abuse and provide and signpost support.You are the eyes and ears of our communities. If you have concerns about abuse happening to you or someone you know, get in touch with your local authority’s safeguarding team on the contact details below.
|Location||Child Safeguarding||Adult Safeguarding||website|
Out of office hours:
Out of office hours:
|Kirklees||01484 456848||01484 414933||http://www.kirklees.gov.uk|
|Sheffield||0114 273 4855||0114 273 4908||http://www.sheffield.gov.uk|
|Rotherham||01709 336080||01709 822330||http://www.rotherham.gov.uk|
|Wakefield||03458 503 503||03458 503 503||http://www.wakefield.gov.uk|
|Craven||01609 780 780||01609 780 780||http://www.northyorks.gov.uk|
If anyone is at immediate risk of harm, always contact emergency services on 999.